Also an Oceanside Beach Soccer Tournament winner, SoCal Barcelona has been playing together for a number of years, traveling the local beach soccer tournament circuit with SoCal Legacy. This team was originally founded by Coach Arturo Michel, who is now coaching a beach soccer team named Oceanside United out of the SoCal Beach Soccer Club. Cesar Olmedo, Richard Nevarez, and Gonzalo Marquez now represent the coaching staff for Barcelona. Cesar and Richard are also board members of SoCal Beach Soccer Club and former recreational coaches for the Soccer Club of Oceanside. These three gentlemen stepped up to take over the coaching duties for the team after Coach Michel’s departure earlier this year. Barcelona has won several championships throughout the past three years, but this will be their biggest test yet, as they face off against several Florida-based teams for the BU14 National Beach Soccer Championship.
Coached by Steve Citron, a long-time recreational coach out of the Soccer Club of Oceanside, Legacy originally consisted of all recreational players when it formed back in 2013 and has played up and down the California beach soccer circuit every year since. They are a hybrid team consisting of players from Mission Vista, OHS, El Camino, and Tri-City Christian, who also play club ball with Vista Storm and Oceanside Breakers. Although they qualified for Nationals back in June, they originally did not plan on participating in this year’s competition, but after seeing that so many other Oceanside teams were heading to the competition, they decided that they were not going to miss out on the action – so they entered the contest at the last minute, to take a shot at grabbing the national championship for second time. “We do not have our entire starting line-up from last year, but that’s not going to stop us from competing with all the other Oceanside teams there”, said Citron. For more information on SoCal Legacy please see the following past stories: https://www.osidenews.com/2015/06/20/oceanside-beach-soccer-team-qualifies-for-national-championships/, https://www.osidenews.com/2015/08/05/oceanside-beach-soccer-team-wins-third-consecutive-title/, https://www.osidenews.com/2015/12/16/hometown-oceanside-team-wins-national-beach-soccer-championship/
“The beautiful city of Oceanside is a community filled with families that are absolutely passionate about soccer and we have the natural resources and perfect year-round weather that is conducive to produce exceptional beach soccer players, potentially capable of playing for the national team”, said Citron.
“Last year there was one team and 19 people. Now, one year later, we are seeing a beach soccer club form to help support 4 teams, and close to 80 people from Oceanside, make the trek to Florida to compete for national championships. We have come a long way in only a year and are looking forward to what’s to come in 2017” said Olmedo.
We will report back the each team’s progress as the weekend progresses.
For more information about SoCal Beach Soccer Club please go to: www.SoCalBSC.com